AU Issue XII Call for Submissions

Dear fellow AUers,

As we settle in for some quality time this break with our books, shows, and wines of choice, the editors at AU are excited to announce our theme for the twelfth issue!

The theme of AU’s newest issue is Tides—that being the neatest-sounding word we could find for prose and poetry with seas, oceans, and other aquatic bodies of that nature in mind. (Commendation goes to all who began writing for the “Space Jousting” theme, and we hope there is some way that the two themes can marry.) We’re excited to see what you come up with, and the deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 18th, so get brainstorming and spread the word!

A very merry spring break to all,

 

The AU Editors

Issue XI: Plagues Available Now!

Hey AU-ers!

If you weren’t able to attend our launch party last night, copies of Issue XI: Plagues are available now for $3 in the English Advising office and for $3.50 at Bulldog News on the Ave! If e-readers are more your thing, PDFs are available on our website!

Thanks,
Missy
Wanda
Adria

Issue XI Release Party

Hello AUers!

It’s that time again! We received many great submissions for this quarter’s issue and we’re excited to share them with you. The release party for Issue XI: Plagues will be Wednesday, March 12th in the HUB room 302. There will be readings from the new issue, infamously difficult trivia (and a prize!), snacks, drinks, and good company. We will be selling the new issue for $3 (cash, debit, or credit!) and past issues for $2.

If you can’t make it to the release party, you can find copies of the new issue on Thursday in the English advising office for $3 or on the Ave at Bulldog News for $3.50. PDFs will be available on our website by the end of the week.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you,
Missy
Wanda
Adria

Geek Week + Deadline Extension!

Good afternoon AUers!

We have a couple of exciting announcements today.

AU is joining up with Write Away! and taking part in UW’s first ever Geek Week! We’ll be holding a writers workshop and reading event on Monday February 24th at 5:30pm in the HUB, more details to follow.

So, due to our workshop we’re also extending our deadline for Issue XI! The new deadline is:
*February 26th. 11:59pm*

We’ll set up an event for the workshop/reading in the next day or so, so keep an eye out!

News, Theme, and Updates!

Hello and welcome to another new quarter!

The theme for winter quarter and AU’s eleventh issue is: PLAGUES. Show us your fictional diseases, parasites, or any other interpretation. We will graciously accept your poetry, prose, and visual art, but please refrain from sharing actual viruses, plagues, or otherwise. We’d prefer you keep those to yourself.

Deadline for winter quarter is FEBRUARY 24, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. As always, there will be a joint workshop with Write Away! shortly before deadline, as well as a launch party with readings, trivia, snacks, and prizes!

If you are not already subscribed to our Listserv, you can click here to add yourself to be sure you receive all of our e-mails with updates, deadlines, and any other information about AU you might be interested in.

Lastly, copies of Issue X: Monsters are available in the english advising office, from Bulldog News on the Ave, and you can find links to buy our PDFs here, on our website!

News and Fall Quarter Theme!

Hello AU-ers!

 
We hope you are all enjoying the new school year so far. Thanks to those of you who stopped by to visit us at the RSO fair, and welcome to those of you who just joined the mailing list!
 
Now on to the exciting part. The theme for fall quarter’s issue of AU is:
 
MONSTERS
 
Whether your idea of a monster is classic Hollywood or rocking gold teeth and fangs (thank you, Nicki Minaj!), we want to see it! Humans have invented monsters to represent their deepest fears since we developed the capacity to think of something beyond our next meal. What constitutes a monster? What scares monsters? What do our monsters say about us? You don’t have to answer any of these questions (we’d be impressed if you did!), but feel free to keep them in mind. Whether you want to take a pure horror approach or travel down a satirical path, show us what scares you in your original prose, poetry, or visual art. The fall quarter deadline is November 24th. 
 
For those of you new to AU, we are looking for speculative fiction (that’s sci-fi, fantasy, weird fiction, horror, et cetera) and visual art (covers especially!) of 3000 words or less. We also like photography and other visual art for covers or just to put in the magazine–we’re not picky, and we don’t get a whole lot of it, so please, submit!
 
We are also looking for a new editor! AU editor duties include reading and editing submissions, meeting with writers for workshops and putting the magazine together. The time commitment fluctuates–sometimes we have little to do, sometimes we have a ton to do. We’re especially looking for juniors or below (to carry on our legacy into 2014 and beyond) who have experience using WordPress and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, but fitting none of those criteria is certainly not a guaranteed ‘no.’ If interested, please send an e-mail with the subject line ‘Editor Position’ to strayingfromreality@gmail.com, so we can set up a convenient time to interview you!
 
As a reminder, you can find current issues of AU in the English Advising office or from us directly. A link to buy the current issue can also be found on our website (strayingfromreality.wordpress.com). 
 
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!
 
Thanks,
Missy
Dave
Wanda
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Welcome to a New Year of Speculative Fiction!

Hello AUers!

As we boldly go into a new year at the University of Washington, your humble editors are making a few changes.

First, we’ll be saying goodbye to editor Dave Randall, who has been an important part of the AU family. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and also encourage him to constantly check his e-mail, as those of us left behind plan on pestering him with every small question that might come to our minds. Thanks for your invaluable expertise, Dave!

Second, that means we have an open editor position! We will happily accept applications from any and all students. Ideal candidates are lovers of literature and speculative fiction with a passion for producing quality work. Special consideration will be given to those with experience working with WordPress and Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Resumes and writing samples are not required but will be accepted with glee and mirth. If interested, e-mail a cover letter to strayingfromreality@gmail.com with “Editor Position” in the subject line. The position is unpaid (sorry—we’re a low-budget operation here) but great experience in writing, editing, and design. We’d love to have you!

And finally, we recognize that many of our former writers and readers are no longer on campus. We congratulate you on moving beyond the college campus and into the so-called “real world,” but we’d also like to keep you involved—therefore, AU will now be producing PDF copies of our issues, available for sale on our website (you’ll find the link in the header above) for the low, low price of $3. Past issues will be available soon as well at a discounted rate of $2.

We look forward to another year filled with robots, magic, and non-Euclidean geometry with you. Watch your e-mail for fall quarter’s issue theme (Issue X! That’s a big deal!) and any future announcements we might make.

Never give up, never surrender.

Thanks,

Missy Brinks
Dave Randall
Wanda Bertram

AU Issue IX: Themes–What Good Are They?

Hello creative types!

A new quarter has begun, and AU: Chronos is nobly on display at the U Bookstore, Bulldog News and the English Advising Office. The amazing fiction we received makes our cup of pride runneth over, so be sure to pick up a copy and tell your loved ones to grab theirs too.
At our release party we asked you to suggest themes for the next issue, but changed our minds later in the spirit of freedom and spring. We’d like to announce that the spring theme is:
NO THEME!
We want to let all of you inform on what our next issue says about speculative fiction. (Though we will probably still reject your Dr. Who fan fiction. It’s not you, it’s the licensing costs.) Please submit anything you want by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Cinco de Mayo.
If possible, please submit prose, poetry or visual art that you’ve created in spring quarter. Not to kiss up to you, but we think your newest work is probably your best. If you need thematic inspiration, one of these themes we heard at the Chronos release may help:
Justice
Revenge
R/evolution
Other
Afterlife
Have a great spring break! Make love to the world!
Your editors,
Dave Randall
Wanda Bertram
Missy Brinks

AU Issue VIII Launch Party!

Be sure to attend the AU Issue VIII Launch Party on March 15 at 6 pm at University Bookstore! You can register for the event on Facebook (and like AU!) here. Enjoy trivia, snacks, and readings by fellow AUers.

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AU Issue VIII Call for Submissions

Hello AUers!

As the autumn quarter finally comes to a close and we all venture of for the holidays it’s time to announce the theme for our next issue!

Of course there are still plenty of AU: Issue VII – Homeland available to buy all around the U District. You can pick them up from the English Advising office, Bulldog News, The University Bookstore and hopefully soon the Bookstores HUB location as well. AU makes a great Christmas gift so why not pick up one (or three) now!

So anyway, without much further ado it is time to announce the theme for AU: Issue VIII, CHRONOS. What does Chronos mean? Well essentially it very broadly means Time, and to us more specifically we’re looking for creations around the aspects of Freedom from Time and Out of Time. But please feel free to play around with the theme as you wish, but please remember that while we will read your Dr Who fanfic with jubilation, we won’t publish it!

The deadline is Sunday February 3rd at 11:59pm and we’ll be sending out plenty more reminders over the coming weeks.

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS WE NEED YOU! If you’re a budding artist then please send us your Chronos themed submissions, the more the merrier and if you know anyone who’s affiliated with the UW and likes to draw then please forward this email on to them. We will accept color submissions, as we’re looking to expand into printing more color pages, but we also need plenty of submissions that will look good in black and white.

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